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  1. Usually handlebars.
    1. the curved steering bar of a bicycle, motorcycle, etc., placed in front of the rider and gripped by the hands.
    2. handlebar moustache.
  2. a bar or rod, usually of metal and having a handle at one end, used for handling, guiding, or maneuvering some object.
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Origin of handlebar

First recorded in 1885–90; handle + bar1
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Examples from the Web for handlebar

Historical Examples of handlebar

  • I stopped to drink from the bag on my handlebar every few miles.

    Across America by Motor-cycle

    C. K. Shepherd

  • And again, there was taking the hand or hands off the handlebar, a thing simple in itself, but complex in its consequences.

  • "Thank you," said Puss, hanging the shoe over his handlebar and setting off once more.

  • At every five or ten miles a stop is made to drink water from the bag on the handlebar.

  • Winter thought the other had recognized the man crouched over the handlebar.

Word Origin and History for handlebar


also handle-bar, 1867 in reference to bicycles, from handle (n.) + bar (n.1). Of mustaches, first recorded 1933.

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